Sunday, March 22, 2015

If You Plant A Seed by Kadir Nelson

It's Spring Time...and I am all about planting seeds and watching things grow!  In fact, I just planted lettuce, spinach and zucchini in the back...along with the other plants that grew from seeds last year.

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Watching plants grow and flourish is something wonderful and miraculous.  To take a dried out, tiny little seed and see a huge plant, with fruit, become of it...is something truly fun & amazing to watch.  My children and I had a blast last year, with our back patio garden...of sorts.

So we received this adorable book from Harper Collins Publishing and you're going to love reading this one to your kids...
If You Plant A Seed by Kadir Nelson shares more than just a story about planting seeds...though it does talk about it too.  It talks about how if you plant selfishness, it too can grow.  And if you plant kindness, it too can grow.  It's really all about what we choose to plant and grow in our own lives really, right?  
Even small children can understand this simple concept of reaping what we sow.  
Not just crop wise, but in life as well.  
This book has adorable illustrations and the simple and short story will touch you and your children as you read it.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Mother's Day & Father's Day - Books From Harper Collins To Read With Your Little Ones...

As you know...Mother's Day & Father's Day is coming.  A day to celebrate Mother's & Father's everywhere for their love, dedication and sacrifice.  I personally, as a Mother, couldn't think of any better way to spend my entire day...than with the ones that call me "Mommy".

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So when books came from Harper Collins for us to read together about this type of celebration, it gave me another reason to cuddle on the couch with my little ones and read to them & with them.  And we have been working on becoming better readers, so this is the perfect combination!
Pinkalicious: Mother's Day Surprise by Victoria Kann
This adorable book shares a story of Pinkalicious, who wants to surprise her mother with a special breakfast in bed and Mother's Day Poem, written by her...but then she can't seem to complete the poem.  Your kids will enjoy this sweet story and will want to help Pinkalicious with her writer's block.  This book also comes with two picture frames, a fold out poster and stickers to enjoy with your little sweeties as well.
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"Little Critter" Just Fishing With Grandma by Gina and Mercer Mayer
This book shares an adventure with Grandma and a fun filled day of fishing and feeling special making memories that will last a lifetime.  When he finds that everyone else is busy, and Grandma volunteers to take him fishing, they head out to enjoy a day on the lake.  Despite the struggles they might encounter, including tangled fishing line & even rain, "Little Critter" and his Grandmother enjoy a special day together.
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Pete The Cat "Rock On, Mom and Dad!" by James Dean
A fun story of Pete, the Cat, who wants to do something extra special to thank his mom and dad for everything they do for him.  But what can he do to express such gratitude?  Your kids will enjoy it as Pete realizes that it might not be the actual act of doing something, but how you do it that matters most...as long as it's from the heart.  The end result will having you singing with your sweet children as you read this story out loud.  This book also comes with 30 stickers, a fold out poster and cards too.
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Splat the Cat 'The Big Helper" by Rob Scotton
Splat the Cat's parents crack down on Splat...and require him to start dong his chores before he watches TV or plays video games.  Seems that Splat might live in my own house!  Ha!  As Splat is given some helpful advice from his dad, he learns that doing chores (with the right mindset) isn't that bad at all.  This book might help your kids gain a new perspective on doing chores...themselves!
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Did You Know I Love you? by Christa Pierce
This sweet story about Bird and Fox, expresses feelings of love!  From sweet kisses to hugs, from tasty tea or warming a mug...these two friends share their Love for each other.  This story is adorable and the illustrations are equally as cute and charming too!
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Two New Stories - Aqualicious and GOODNIGHT ALREADY!

Two new books arrived at our front door!

Two books that made my kids giggle and want to read even more books!

This makes for a very happy mommy!

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We love Harper Collins Books...especially when we get to see what all the excitement about these new books truly is all about.
Aqualicious by Victoria Kann is the story of Pinkalicious' (have you read these adorable books) family...who goes on a vacation and she meets a tiny little mermaid who's name is Aqua.  It becomes Pinkalicious and Peter's mission to help Aqua find her way back home again...that is...after they show her all of the Pinkalicious things to do at the seashore first.  They build a sandcastle with her, they play mini-golf with her, they even go surfing with her.  This story is super creative and super  ADORABLE!!  The kids and I love Pinkalicious and this story is awesome!  A wonderful addition to the Pinkalicious collection!

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Goodnight Already! by Jory John and illustrated by Benji Davies...is an adorable story about a Bear and his neighbor Duck.  All Bear wants to do is sleep!  All Duck wants to do is play!  The two are quite the dynamic duo.  The two go back and forth...as Bear tries his darnedest to sleep and Duck continues to bother him every time he gets close.  This story has a "twist" ending that will have your giggling...and you might chuckle as you read it too.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Picture Perfect Reads From Harper Collins

The school year is pushing on...and our children are daily encouraged by their teachers to read, build their vocabulary and work on their fluency.  
Sometimes...children simply don't want to read...unless it's something of interest to them.  
Something that they think is funny, entertaining or even silly.

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That's why I love Harper Collins selection of books.  There is no shortage of awesome "reading material" for my kids to enjoy!  Most of it is something that they are excited to read, excited to learn about and even excited to participate in, as they read the stories.
We received a bundle of books from Harper Collins that blew me away, and gave the kids & I a good giggle and laugh as we read through them.
Blown Away by Rob Biddulph is an adorable story about a penguin that takes flight with his kite.  Through is adventures, he learns that home is where his igloo is.  This book has adorable illustrations and a story that held our attention the entire read through.  SUPER CUTE!  
Who Wants a Hug by Jeff Mack is a story all about hugs!  I mean, everyone likes hugs, right?  I know i do!  Bear especially loves to give hug but Skunk wants none of it.  He annoys skunk with his constant offers to hug him.  Everytime skunk tries to do something mean, it results in Bear offering him another hug.  This story shows friendship, persistence and the power of a hug.  LOVE IT!  
Flat Stanley and the Very Big Cookie by Jeff Brown and illustrations by Macky Pamintuan is a yummy adventure with one of our favorite characters.  Flat Stanley loves to help Mr. Pete the Baker make cookies...and when competition steams up, he helps Mr. Pete come up with a brilliant idea to save his bakery.  This book will have your kids on the edge of their seat, as they wonder if they can help save the day!
Splat the Cat and the Hotshot by Rob Scotton is a wonderful beginning reader book.  Your child will learn the "ot" word family, as Splat the Cat earns his stripes in this fun adventurous story.  As he competes with the newest member of the Cat Scouts, Splat the Cat realizes that everyone has special qualities that make they wonderful...even if they aren't all created equally.  Our youngest loved helping me read thru this story.
Charlie the Ranch Dog: Stuck in the Mud by Ree Drummond and illustrated by Diane deGroat is another fun story about Charlie the Ranch Dog.  When Abigail the calf gets stuck in the mud, Charlie moves into action, until he himself gets stuck too.  Your child will be wondering Charlie will be able to get himself and Abigail out of this sticky situation!
And finally...Pete the Cat: CaveCat Pete by James Dean is another fun story with Pete.  Pete lives among the dinosaurs and is friends with everyone.  But that doesn't mean that everyone is friends with everyone too.  Pete gets to help the dinosaurs learn to get along!  Best of all this book comes with an entire sheet of stickers, which made my kids super happy too!

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

@JackpotCandles - SURPRISE Jewelry In Every Candle!

Jewelry Candles...have you tried one before?

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I LOVE THEM!  Not only do you get an amazing candle, but you also get a surprise in every candle.  A gem!  A jewel!  A treasure!  
It's better than finding a prize in a cereal box...at least for me as an adult.
So when I learned about JackPot Candles, I got even more excited!  As a woman with very tiny hands and fingers, the rings that typically come in a jewelry candle will not fit me.  So regardless of the worth of the gem inside, it's not typically something I'm even going to be able to wear.
But Jackpot Candles are different...yes, they are amazing soy candles, that make your house smell like all sorts of wonderful...but they also offer different options for jewelry, like earrings, rings and necklaces.  I was able to choose the earrings option for the candle they sent me for review.  
I picked the Caramel Coffee Latte candle scent and it smells amazing!  
Plus, these candles last and last!
Another difference in the Jackpot Candles than competitors...you can't just dig the jewelry out before the candle is melted down.  YES...I have done this before!  You actually have to wait it out...melt the candle down, and enjoy the anticipation...which is fun and exciting!  Meanwhile, your house will have the fragrant scent of your favorite candle as it burns...to satisfy your senses.  
It's definitely a win-win!
I waited patiently to have my candle burn down...until...I saw it!  
The little wad of tinfoil that was protecting and would reveal my SURPRISE earrings inside.  
I couldn't wait to see what they looked like!  
Best of all...these candles offer you the chance to actually find out the worth of the jewels inside.  I typed in the code that was attached to the wrapper and found that the earrings inside my candle have a value of $15.  
Not only are they beautiful amethyst earrings on silver posts, but they also made the investment in the candle even more worthwhile.  AWESOME!  This was truly a treat!

CLICK HERE to learn more about these Jackpot Candles...they make awesome gifts and even just wonderful sweet treats for yourself to enjoy!  
You never know what might be inside your candle!  

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SoftSoap - Fragrant Foaming Collection Hand Soap

How often do you wash your hands during the day?  
Do you enjoy soaps that leave your hands smelling fresh & clean long after?

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HANDWASHING IS IMPORTANT!!  Why?  It helps prevent the spread bacteria, germs and whatever else we honestly could have lurking on our hands from just a simple day of living life to it's fullest (whatever the means for you personally)!
That's why I personally am fond of the SoftSoap line.  
Like the name states, from my experience with their products personally, their soaps are SOFT and even moisturizing on your skin.  They are gentle, yet they get the job done, with every hand washing experience.

I just received samples of their new Fragrant Foaming Collection Hand Soap Line and so far, I am delighted with it!
The Kitchen Citrus Bliss is awesome.  I love the smell of citrus anyway, it makes me think clean and it also makes me feel energetic.  When you're in the kitchen, you could probably use all the energy you can get.  Washing with this scent and the fact that it's foaming too, is an overall pleasant experience...at least for me.  And I love how my hands smell after...and it's actually something that I personally would use in a bathroom as well (as you can see from the picture above).
The Whipped Cocoa Butter is my favorite of the three I received...but I am always fonder of the sweeter scents.  It makes a rich lather and leaves my hands feeling soft and smelling fantastic!  My hands smell almost edible and I like that a lot!
The Jasmine and White Cotton is my least favorite, but still a great scent.  It's just not one that I am fond of as much as the other two.  It does have a clean scent that may be more pleasing to someone else's personal scent enjoyment.

All of these SoftSoap Fragrant Foaming Hand Soaps leave a lasting scent on your skin, leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturized, and can be found in national retailers right now (launched in February).  

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Monday, February 23, 2015

The Case Studio - Custom Personalized Tough Cases For Your Phone

Who doesn't have a cell phone now days?  If we aren't reachable at every moment of every single day, then we aren't like the average Joe.  This is extended even to our youth...right?  Our kids want their own phones too.  

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But phones are costly to buy and then become even more costly to replace when they are dropped or broken.  I have experience with that, as I have personally had a few causalities of my own...and who has money to keep replacing phones?
So I am grateful for companies that make TOUGH CASES for phones, that protect them against accidents that can happen to them.  We all know that a phone with a broken screen is pretty useless.  If we are going to invest money in a phone, we should invest in something that will keep the phone protected, right?

I was so excited to learn about The Case Studio.  Not just because they make awesome cell phone TOUGH cases, but because you can actually personalize and customize your own too (for several phone styles and models).  In fact, you can create a one of a kind design for your personal cell phone.
So when our son came home from school the other day with this picture he had hand drawn...and was so stinkin' proud of it, I knew it was the perfect design for a phone case for him.  In fact, I knew it would be something he would cherish and treasure...since he had put a lot of work & time into creating this drawing...and I could actually memorialize it for him on something he uses on a daily basis...his phone.
The process of creating the personalized and customized cell phone case was so easy.  A couple clicks of the mouse and an upload of the photo and the case was ordered.  
It arrived quickly and I was delighted!
The case fit perfectly on his phone and the photo quality was exact.  I knew he would be so SERIOUSLY delighted when he saw this surprise that arrived...
He was!  He was stoked!  His phone is truly "authentic" with his own Link picture on the case.  LOVE IT!  He loves it!  What an awesome gift!  He has a one-of-a-kind TOUGH CASE for his iPhone that is unlike any of his friends...there is no mistaking it's HIS phone.

The Case Studio products would make excellent presents for proud Grandparents (a picture of their grandkids for their phone), new parents (a picture of their new baby), or even for children who have phones or iPods (of their favorite thing or even their own personal drawing...like we did for our son) to protect those expensive phones.  
CLICK HERE to see all the options you have to choose from.

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